Did you know:
-Before Complete in Box opened, the original name was going to be ‘Controllers and Stuff’
-The original planned location was going to be in the Cloister Shopping Center next to the Family Dollar
-The original business plan was written up starting on January 2, 2011. The store opened on July 16, 2011, only 7 months later.
-We actually moved into the store starting on June 1, 2011. It took us a full 40 days to build the racks, move the arcade machines, etc.
-We originally started with thousands of games sitting in random boxes in the back room. It took between 3-8 people 8 hours a day for a month to sort through and clean everything.
-Spenser was turned down by not one, not two, but three banks when trying to get his initial loan.
-From February 2011 to June 2011, Spenser worked 40 hours a week while taking random weekdays to travel to far-off locations to visit yard sales, flea markets, and craigslist for cheap games.
-The designer of Complete in Box’s logo gave us an early version where the A and B buttons of the controller are slightly lower. We CONSTANTLY use this one on flyers and on the website by accident.
-Universally for all of the employees, the favorite event we’ve ever had is Atari Night (Mar 3, 2012).
-Spenser is still mad that he lost to Ben in the Soul Calibur 2 tournament from August 2011.
and one last one, I suppose
-Spenser’s favorite game to get traded in is Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1, because a) it’s a great game, b) it’s for original Xbox, and c) it always and I mean ALWAYS sells within the first 3 days of being on the shelf.
More as my memory clears!
By request, Complete in Box now has a tumblr.
We (that is, the conscious of the store) will post thoughts, stories, and maybe teach some interesting facts. Uh, uh, uh, alright then.
As this is being written, a video of Pokemon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color is playing in the background.
I don’t have a great memory, but this is specific - 6th grade. Brecknock Elementary (where??). The hill overlooking the soccer field of the 3rd/4th grade section of the playground.
All of us sitting there with Game Boy Colors, wirelessly battling each other, trading cards, and the like. Real Pokemon cards were banned from the school - people getting ripped off, cards stolen - but Game Boys were allowed.
I think back to everybody sitting there, and I can see most of their faces. Some live close-by, some are far away. I see some every single day of my life. I believe one isn’t with us anymore.
And yet, that memory will always remain with me, no matter how much knowledge goop I pile over it. Do I remember what cards I used? No. Did I win the battles? Sometimes, I guess. I couldn’t have been -that- bad. But will I always remember that moment?
And that’s what gaming is. Good times etched forever. Fighting against all that life throws at us, we remember that hill overlooking a corn field at a remote elementary school.
Maybe that’s why Complete in Box exists -
And what the corporate stores just don’t understand.
Yes, business is business. Dollars and cents are nice. I can’t say we aren’t out for profit - that would be lying.
But maybe we have or will create some of these memories. Maybe a 5 year old will buy Super Mario 64 today, and 10 years from now, he’ll come in with stars in his eyes, remembering his childhood.
Maybe I’ll be here, maybe I won’t.
But the memory remains.